Deze opleiding

The Research Master's programme Critical Studies in Art and Culture focuses on current developments in visual arts, architecture, design and media, from a theoretical and historical perspective.

In a globalizing cultural world in which art, architecture, design and media are ever more closely integrated and packaged as “creative industries,” disciplinary boundaries need questioning and challenging, yet a thorough grounding in older and newer disciplines such as art history, architectural history, design culture, and media studies is a prerequisite for doing so.

You will focus on the analysis of “visual objects”: of artifacts in various media that function as images. This ranges from landscapes, cities and buildings to artworks in various media, as well as film, television, design and games. Notions as inter-, cross- and transmediality play an important part in the program. Since artifacts, media and forms of intermediality can only exist in specific social, institutional, economical and ideological frameworks and networks, the Master will equip you with the analytical and critical tools for analyzing these. Each of the four main disciplines that inform the specialization brings specific theories and methods to the table, and the programme seeks to foster a sense of their interconnectedness, highlighting their specific potential as well as possible limitations.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Research Master Humanities

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

  • The Master's program is unique in the Netherlands.
  • The master prepares you for a career in research or a management position in the cultural sector.
  • The master offers a personal approach and small groups. You can choose a tutor who will help you during your program.
  • The tearchers are also top-quality researchers with a strong national and international profile.
  • We allow you to choose electives from our own department or from the Faculty of Humanities.

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1e jaar In your first year, you can choose to follow courses offered by the department or opt for a course from other department in the faculty. Next to these courses you will follow two research modules 'Digital & Environmental Humanities' and 'Humanities in Society' and two core courses 'Imagining the Image' and 'Critical Issues in the Cultural Industries'. Furthermore, you can choose to follow a course in a National Research School or the VU Summer Schools.
2e jaar In your second year, you can choose to go abroad or take an elective. Furthermore, you will follow courses based on your specialization and the course and 'Humanities Research Career Preparation'. You will finish your master by writing a thesis on a subject of your choice.


taal van onderwijs100% en
case studies, excursie, groepsdiscussie, groepsopdracht, individuele opdracht, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksvoorstel, poster presentatie, project, seminar, stage, tentoonstelling, werkcollege, werkgroep, zelfstudie
The Research Master's is an intensive research oriented program. Due to its small scale you will work closely together with the professors. Most courses will be taught in tutorials, some as lectures. You will complete your two-year program by writing a Master's thesis on a research project that you will carry out yourself.
The research master's degree will enable you to work as an independent researcher. In the academic world, both at home and abroad, it is seen as a possible step towards a doctoral study. But you can also find a position in art and media management, journalism and publishing, or in art and architecture centers, research agencies, museum institutions, film or design festivals, art and media archives and teaching and government institutions.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060

In order to be admitted directly we require a full Bachelor's degree and an average grade of minimally a 7.5 out of 10.

A certified list of the academic results obtained to date (qualifications and lists of grades).

The student should have a proficient level of academic English, proof of excellent study results and motivation for doing academic research.

Unless English is your first language, you must be able to prove your knowledge of English is sufficient.

reference letter
Two letters of recommendation must be included in your application.

We require a motivation letter including a description of your research interests.

inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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22357 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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K.L.I.C.H.é (Kunst, Literatuur, Interdisciplinair, Communicatie, Historie, et cetera) is de studievereniging voor alle studenten van de afdelingen Kunst & Cultuur, Literatuur & Cultuur en Taal & Communicatie. K.L.I.C.H.é organiseert verschillende activite

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
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21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
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bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Mar­tijn van Beek
"After completing my BA thesis on the seventeenth-century prints of Giovanni Battista Falda, it was perfectly clear to me that the next course I took would be one where I could largely choose aspects that interested me. I wanted to immerse myself as deep as possible in my own field of interest, in order to study the essence of my research project – seventeenth-century Italian architecture. VAMA provides this opportunity and also pays attention to the research methodology: this is particularly good for students with a research mentality...

lees verder ...
Eva van Berne
"The more my study progressed the more enthusiastic I became about carrying out research. Master's seminars convinced me that I wanted to continue in this direction and, in consultation with my tutor, I decided to switch to the research master's course. The extra room for study gives me the chance to carry out more in-depth research into the monumental art of Karel Appel, the subject of my thesis...
For students who like to show initiative, I would certainly recommend this research master's course."

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Elise Noyez
"An unprecedented spatial-color-light-music production, that was what the Philips Company had in mind for its pavilion at the 1958 World Fair. Their wish was granted by Le Corbusier, who built an architectural sculpture that housed a visual and aural spectacle (Le Poème Electronique) the likes of which had never been seen before...
Only by interpreting every (medial) aspect of this synthesized artwork in relation to the others – an interpretation to which the concepts of intermediality serve well – was it possible to fully grasp its complexities, even if the building itself no longer exists."

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Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The research master's degree will enable you to work as an independent researcher. In the academic world, both at home and abroad, it is seen as a possible step towards a doctoral study. But you can also find a position in art and media management, journalism and publishing, or in art and architecture centers, research agencies, museum institutions, film or design festivals, art and media archives and teaching and government institutions.
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